“A fun read. Who would have thought that mystery and espionage could start within the walls of a quirky little 24 hour bookstore? This story takes you from the hallowed halls of Google's vast campus to the seedy underbelly of NYC, and doesn't miss a beat.”Melissa S wrote this review 4 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A really fantastic book, fun and easy to read but also thought-provoking... a must read for anyone who loves or enjoys the printed word/print books. Great to the very last word.”Maggie wrote this review Tuesday, August 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
When Clay starts a new job at a used bookstore that's open 24 hours per day, there are rules about him not looking at the books. Most of the books in the store are old and don't seem appealing, but the majority of the clientele come in for these books. Clay is trying to figure out what the deal is with these books and this odd little bookstore, in general.
It was good. I liked the store and the books, and I found Clay's personal life interesting, as well. I did get a bit bored with a lot of the parts of the book that dealt with more technology. Some of it was ok, but too much technology got to be too much for me, and I'd lose a bit of interest at those points.
“A delightful gem in which the clerk at a mysterious San Francisco bookstore marshals modern technology -- scanners, data visualization, even the geeks at Googleplex -- to crack the code in a centuries old codex guarded by a secret society. Recommend this to fans of Cory Doctorow's "Little Brother."”Sassy Librarian wrote this review Wednesday, July 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked this nerdy adventure story. A lot of Sloan's references seem real. I even looked up Geritzoon font!”Kim J wrote this review Tuesday, July 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Let’s begin with my reaction to this book, in the end that’s what it’s all about our emotional connections with a text. In this case the connection was at best tenuous.
Penumbra was poorly conceived or executed, the problem was that a conspiracy stories draw an audience wishing, to follow a Xtian tradition, to touch the face of God. In terms less overtly ecclesiastical, readers wish to experience the Sublime [a space between awe and terror]; more simply still, they wish an Ah-Ha moment. The readers of this Geek-laden, name-dropping read do not come away with that. To suggest that Friendship is our shot at immortality is beyond banal and rapidly creeping up on offensive:
Thank you, Teobaldo
You are my greatest friend
This has been the key to everything
There is no immortality that is not built on friendship and word done with care. All the secrets in the world worth knowing are hiding in plain sight.
Truism certainly, but clichés also—and much more importantly so.
This is the book in a nutshell:
1. Tech and Tech Speak are everywhere and because these are very time sensitive it tends to make such writing have the shelf life of an amoeba…a good example is the Kobo reader…these are no longer being produced. The book is already becoming dated and this will only continue.
2. The characters are clichés—some might argue archetypes but for all but the Jungians these are simply clichés writ large.
3. Secret Societies tend to froth at the mouth when their secrets are reveal and there is not a single fist thrown in this book [to the best of my recollection]
4. The Clay/Kat romantic subplot is lifeless
5. Kat’s obsession with immortality gently fades away when she is confronted with the facts—this kind of jarring psychopathology is never so easily surrender. Having her throw herself into her work and then struggle out of this into Clay’s waiting arms is lazy and verging on the dishonest.
6. Clay’s passion is so muted as not to be there at all and I find this hard to swallow.
7. When I finished this book I was left neither hot nor cold…always the sign of a 3 star book…which this one certain is.
Nice beach book for readers who do not want to be surprised or inspired on any level.
“Fun, refreshing and just a delight”Cmm wrote this review Thursday, July 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Awesome book!! I loved it!! ”Mrs. Jerome wrote this review Sunday, July 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Dan Brown meets Google - loved it! And the cover glows in the dark!”Nicole H wrote this review Saturday, July 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No